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Call for entries in Europe’s newest sculpture park in the historic City of Kražiai, Lithuania
 
Kražiai, Lithuania

 
The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, together with The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, issues a call for entries in Europe’s newest sculpture park in the historic City of Kražiai, Lithuania.

Located in the center of Lithuania, this new sculpture park, together with the new Kražiai Museum of Contemporary Art, will feature the latest permanent works of art from prominent artists and sculptors from Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

The new park is located next to the newly restored 17th-Century Jesuit College, which served, during its time, as one the three most important cultural center’s in Eastern Europe, together with Krakow (Poland) and Nesvizh (now Belarus) in the heart of the Polish-Lithuanian Empire. 

The Kražiai Jesuit College, a large cultural complex founded in 1621 with a church that contained a now lost copy of the Assumption by Leonardo Di Vinci, was built by Prince Nicholas Radziwiłł. At this time the school had about 500 students, a large library (ca 3000 volumes) and a good physics laboratory.

In the 19th-Century, the city was razed by Napoleon in 1821, rebuilt, and destroyed and leveled by the German Nazis during World War II.  During Soviet Occupation, the city was a backwater of collective farms.  After Lithuanian Independence and after incorporation into the European Union, the city has undergone contemporary reconstruction, transformation, and revitalization.

The European Centre and The Chicago Athenaeum has opened a museum and administrative center to organize this new sculpture park and contemporary art museum.

Modeled after The Chicago Athenaeum’s International Sculpture Park in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA., this new park will feature permanent works of art and sculpture from prominent artists around the world.  Upon completion, the Park will be one of Europe’s most important cultural attractions and tourist destinations.  The Sculpture Park in Schaumburg attracts over 1 million visitors each year.

Phase I (First Installations) of the project starts in Summer 2015.

International artists interested in participating this Park or submitting work to be considered should contact The European Centre in Athens, Greece: Konstadina Geladaki, Director of Marketing and Administration at konstadina@europeanarch.eu


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